Florida State should have verified it. The Seminoles limped to 5-6, and hastily rescheduled a game against Louisiana-Monroe that was originally cancelled because of Hurricane Irma just to reach six wins.
Florida State went 6-6 this season, a true stinker of a campaign that all went to shit the moment Deondre Francois went down clutching his knee. It extended the program's nation-leading bowl game streak to 36 years.
The issue is Delaware State, an FCS team that Florida State beat 77-6, has not offered enough scholarships to its players in the most recent two-year period to count as a win for bowl eligibility purposes.
Delaware State shared their scholarship data with r/CFB, who determined the school used 87.008% of the scholarship limit, rendering FSU's win over the Hornets irrelevant to bowl eligibility. James also played in all 12 games and had 84 tackles. For a win over an FCS team to be countable toward bowl eligibility, that school has to have awarded at least 90 percent of potential scholarships to players.
The 6-6 Florida State Seminoles are now preparing to face Southern Mississippi in the Independence Bowl on December 27th, but very detailed report posted on Reddit questions whether Florida State is officially bowl eligible, just days before the game.
Florida State reached six wins this season by winning its last three games, including one against Louisiana-Monroe that was rescheduled for December 2 after being indefinitely postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
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For the Seminoles it's a stroke of luck that will allow them to continue their bowl streak, albeit with an asterisk.
Unfortunately for the teams that weren't invited, the discovery was made a bit too late to make any changes, and FSU will still play in the Independence Bowl.
"I don't know anything about that", he said.
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"The most obvious is that Florida State applies for a Waiver under 188.8.131.52.1.1".
Stefan Nolet, the media relations director for the Independence Bowl, told the Sentinel, "This is a matter between the NCAA, Florida State and Delaware State".